In the world we live in today, what would life be without technology? Your smartphone, laptop and nifty Amazon Alexa are all extensions from the first digital computer, which was built and developed in the year 1937. Information Technology has been studied, understood and transformed over the years, and it continues to grow – and surprise us – each day.
According to Forbes, In 1946, the first report was developed on the new computer by John von Neumann, which was soon labelled von Neumann Architecture. The system separated the processing of information from its storage in order to increase speed and advance technological factors.
Years after, in 1973, Bob Metcalfe introduced the ethernet cable which connects devices together. This can range from other computers, printers and scanners. Ethernet cables are now more commonly used for WiFi connection.
The next big technology breakthrough was in 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee created Information management: A proposal. The direction of use for the management of general information discusses the problems of loss of information and evolving the system. Laptops developed along with the computer, with the first one launching in 1981.
As the internet grew, so did technology, and new websites and appliances popped up. The Guardian looked into the start of web browsers and noted that the first was launched in 1993. Just five years later, the most famous search engine, Google, was created, and by 2001, Wikipedia became an easy source of information.
With computers becoming more popular, appliances alongside them grew too, including printers, scanners and webcams. We can now print everything we need at home with affordable ink cartridges or film and edit video via our phones with ready-made apps and software.
The basic aspects of the industry have continued to expand, and those who have studied coding have gone on to launch some of the biggest websites and applications that are still used on a daily basis.
In 2004, Facebook was founded and its popularity soared. Although there had already been social media profiles including Bebo and MySpace, Facebook has remained one of the most popular social sites fifteen years later.
Shortly after Facebook’s rise, Adobe was created which gave users the ability to discover Photoshop, InDesign and many more apps. Pages could be designed online and printed, resulting in a whole new job market for graphic designers.
2004 was a big year for technology, and after Apple had its reign over the computer industry, they launched both the iPod and iTunes. After a number of developments of the iPod, the iPhone was born in 2008 and became Apple’s first smartphone.
Bluetooth was soon added to all new phones, and while it’s not as commonly used for phone to phone connection, it was once the way to share music, photos and videos with your friends and family. Bluetooth is now mostly used to connect satnavs, speakers and other devices to your mobile.
From an oversized computer to a smartphone that can fit in your pocket, technology has developed greatly – and it continues to grow, with new advancements being made every single day.
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